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Then join us at a special movie pre-release of  "HIDDEN FIGURES" a brilliant true story of Katherine Johnson, one of three brilliant African-American women at NASA. They are the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.
 
 
 

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As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes. Written by 20th Century Fox
 
In 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth, but the heroic astronaut would have failed to launch without the efforts of a group that included three brilliant mathematicians, minds so gifted they were referred to within NASA as “human computers.” Yet these key players in the history of the U.S. space program — Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — were basically forgotten in the annals of history, their groundbreaking contributions obscured by the long shadow of racism in the Jim Crow-era South. “I thought it was historical fiction,” says Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help). “To find out it was actually true? It was about time to credit them for their contributions.”
 
 
Hidden Figures is all about giving the women that long-overdue recognition. The movie, directed by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent), stars Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Spencer, and Janelle Monáe (Moonlight) as Johnson, Vaughan, and Jackson, respectively, and focuses on their professional hurdles and the friendship that sustains them amid the sexism and forced segregation of the era. (Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Parsons costar as fellow NASA employees.)
 
It’s a bond that carried over for the three actresses, too. “It’s a serious movie, but in order to breathe life into the seriousness of the role and the profundity, you have to have moments of levity,” Spencer says. “There was no lack of that on the set. Taraji, being the social bug that she is, likes to entertain people. She would have us over to her house and cook for us.” Still, Henson says, no one doubted the magnitude of the stories they were telling. “The film is bigger than me. Bigger than any award. On these wonderful women’s shoulders, we ride.”

   

After 60 years of their stories being in the darkness, it took the daughter of a NASA research scientist to finally bring the women of Hidden Figures into the spotlight. Writer Margot Lee Shetterly’s father worked with Johnson, Vaughan, and Jackson, and the author learned about the ladies through him. Shetterly’s 55-page book proposal for Figures eventually made the rounds in Hollywood and caught the attention of Melfi. “I couldn’t believe that there were black women at NASA and that they were segregated from the white people at the same time they were working on the same project,” Melfi says. “I was floored that we didn’t know anything about these women.”


 
 
 
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